Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Edwards Dirty Laundry

From Time Magazine:

It's not often that a former political aide gets a hefty $ deal to write a tell-all book – such a betrayal would come after only the harshest kind of disillusionment. Apparently Andrew Young, John Edwards' former aide who once claimed Rielle Hunter's baby as his own, is that disappointed and angry with his former boss. Young last week sold his book to St. Martin's press, which promptly leaked his proposal to drum up publicity for the forthcoming tome. For anyone who thought Elizabeth Edwards' book was harsh, below is a juicy bit quoted today by the New York Times where John Edwards is begging Young to claim the child as his own:

“‘You know how much I love you,' Edwards said. ‘You know I'd walk off a cliff for you, and I know you'd walk off a cliff for me,' ” Mr. Young wrote in the book proposal. “‘I will never forget this. And I will always be there for you.'”

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My Comment: The gift that keeps on giving.

Pork -- It's For Everyone, Including Obama

From The L.A. Times:

The president's 'solutions' to the economic crisis amount to spending as much as possible for as long as possible.

There's an old joke about a fantastic three-legged pig and a farmer. It comes in many versions. In some tellings, the pig saves the farmer's life. In another, it can talk. And the punch line always comes after a visitor asks the farmer, "So how come he only has three legs?"

"Because," explains the farmer, "you don't want to eat a pig like that all at once."

More and more, it seems that the Obama administration has just that attitude toward the economic crisis: doling out pork for as long as possible.

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My Comment: I love the joke at the beginning of this article.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Conyers's Wife Resigns After Conviction

From The Hill:

Monica Conyers, wife of House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.), submitted her resignation from the Detroit City Council on Monday following a bribery conviction.

Conyers will leave the council effective next Monday after pleading guilty to charges that she sold her vote on a recycling contract.

Conyers had hoped to keep her seat, but Monday morning a majority of the council's other members said they would move to force her from the body, the Detroit Free Press reported. Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox (R) also said he would move to force her removal.

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My Comment: Good riddance.

Acorn Role In Census Challenged

From The Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON -- Some Republican members of Congress want the U.S. Census Bureau to end a 2010 Census partnership with Acorn, the community organizing group that was hit by accusations of voter-registration fraud in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

Acorn, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, signed up in February with the bureau to be a "2010 Census Partner," which includes, among other things, identifying job candidates, encouraging its members to participate in the count and distributing literature explaining the importance of the census.

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Who Killed ACORN Probe?

GETTY IMAGES Businessmen walk by members of the activist housing group ACORN protesting in front of Wall Street on June 16 in New York City. Members of the group, many of whom are facing foreclosure, demanded that the Obama administration give more attention to resolving the foreclosure crisis.

From The Washington Times:

Powerful chairman's squirrelly excuse blames 'powers that be'.

Who told House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Michigan Democrat, to lay off the radical activist group ACORN?

The 23-term congressman, who has been enamored of the aggressively partisan group for years, gave a truly odd explanation last week when he reaffirmed a May 4 statement that a probe of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) "appears unwarranted at this time."

"The powers that be decided against it," he said Wednesday, refusing to elaborate. His spokesman Jonathan Godfrey later said Mr. Conyers was referring to himself as "the powers that be." Unless you believe that "the powers that be" is a novel variation of the editorial "we," it's clear Mr. Conyers wasn't referring to himself and that somebody "got" to him.

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My Comment: No one in the Democratic Party is going to destroy the hand that feeds them .... and ACORN is one of them.

How Mark Sanford's Affair Blew Up

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford - Erik Campos/ecampos@thestate.com

From The State:

Governor's missteps, others' reactions painted him into a corner.

Five things brought down S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford.

The first was Sanford himself.

Long a loner, Sanford refuses to issue a public schedule, for example, and then vanishes. He also disdains and evades his security detail. Thus, he thought he could vanish again to Argentina to see his mistress.

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My Comment: This story will be gone by next week.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Conyers Keeps Away From Wife’s Legal Troubles

Photo: Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit bribery Friday. Paul Sancya / AP


Congressman's career appears immune from bribery charges against wife.

DETROIT - On the day City Councilwoman Monica Conyers stepped into a federal courtroom at home in Detroit to plead guilty to bribery, her husband was at home in Washington. Several of Rep. John Conyers' colleagues in the U.S. House said they weren't aware his wife could soon wind up spending five years in prison.

Rather than take the easy shot, the top Republican on the House ethics committee declined to comment. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat and a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, said "it shouldn't have any impact at all" on John Conyers' work in the House.

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My Comment: The greed from these people is unbelievable.

Obama's Curiously Close Labor Friendship

SEIU chief Andy Stern says he visits the White House weekly: “We get heard.”
Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times

From The L.A. Times:

SEIU chief Andy Stern enjoys unusual access to the White House, but some in the fractious labor movement question its value.

Reporting from Washington -- They led the most powerful forces in healthcare -- the trade groups representing doctors, insurance companies, hospitals and drug makers. Any one of them could stall, if not derail, President Obama's hopes of overhauling the U.S. healthcare system.

Instead, they stood with Obama before TV cameras at the White House and pledged their cooperation. For Obama, the show of unity gave momentum to perhaps his most ambitious domestic goal.

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My Comment: The labor movement gave tens of millions to the Obama campaign .... they paid for the access, and they expect it. Card-check will be the policy initiative that they are focusing on now.

Aide's Tale Of John Edwards Sex Tape

From The New York Daily News:

Former presidential candidate John Edwards is out of luck if he hoped that the extramarital affairs of Gov. Mark Sanford and Sen. John Ensign would take people’s minds off his own cheating scandal.

Former Edwards aide Andrew Young says the ex-senator and his former mistress, Rielle Hunter, once made a sex tape, according to someone who has seen Young’s book proposal.

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My Comment: If true, now we know why she was getting money.